We at GetReligion have been known to complain about scare quotes. But in the case of "biblical lifestyle" above, the story refers to a specific definition of that lifestyle, so the quote marks make sense. Meanwhile, the quote marks around "health care sharing ministries" indicate — and rightly so — that the term may be new or unfamiliar to readers.
A little later, the Mercury News quotes both advocates and critics of the ministries:
I appreciate the newspaper's desire to quote sources on both sides — that's just good journalism, after all. Still, I wondered if the critics could provide any specific examples of consumers who bought into health care sharing ministries then were not satisfied.
Speaking of square quotes, this paragraph in the story struck me as awkward:
I'm not sure "statement of faith" requires quote marks. At the same time, I'm unclear on exactly what philosophy began in biblical times and what the ministries believe concerning the Holy Trinity. I would have welcomed a clearer description of the statement of faith.
I did like, though, that the Mercury News explained the "biblical lifestyle" requirement and gave a voice to plan participants:
I suspect Rotsko actually was referring to Christianity Today. A quick Google search would have helped the Mercury News there.
Along with the story, the newspaper provided sidebar stats on the ministries' national and California memberships and details on treatments and conditions the groups won't cover.
Overall, it's a solid — albeit not perfect — piece of journalism on a timely subject.